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Kell Hall - Georgia State
Kell Hall - Georgia State
October 9, 2017
built
1925
Height
90
ARCHITECTURE
Unknown

The old yellow building has served as Atlanta’s first parking garage, a saw mill, the city symphony’s rehearsal space and the first permanent building on Georgia State University downtown campus.

Now Kell Hall, like so much of the city’s history, has one last mission: the wrecking ball.

Georgia State President Mark Becker announced plans Wednesday to tear down the 88-year-old building on Peachtree Center Avenue. In its stead, leaders want to create a true campus green amid the city’s forest of concrete and steel. Demolition will be scheduled within the next five years.

“We need green space at the core of our campus,” said Becker, who unveiled the plan to applause at his annual address to faculty and the university’s more than 32,000 students.

“To achieve this vision for lawns and public areas that will for the first time give our university community inviting and attractive areas in the center of campus, we will have to remove Kell Hall and parts of two other buildings,” he said. “All of this is being planned for … and it will be worth it. This plan will transform our campus and make it an even better environment to work and learn in.”

What was originally known as the Ivy Street Garage opened in 1925, its fancy concrete ramps inside setting a new standard in what became a car-centered town.

As the years went by, a neighbor saw it as something else: relief for what was then the Atlanta Center’s Evening College. A flood of veterans returning from World War II overflowed the school’s only classroom building on downtown’s Luckie Street. - AJC

24 Peachtree Center Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
This Building in the Media
Kell Hall is still set to become a greenway - The Signal
http://georgiastatesignal.com/kell-hall-is-still-set-to-become-a-greenway/

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Georgia State University moving forward with Greenway Mall - Atlanta ...
Georgia State University moving forward with Greenway Mall - Atlanta ...

Dec 5, 2013 - Plans call to demolish former parking deck turned academic building.

Adios, Georgia State's Kell Hall - and a chunk of the Concrete Campus
http://www.creativeloafing.com/news/article/13076589/adios-georgia-states-kell-hall-and-a-chunk-of-the-concrete-campus

Dec 5, 2013 - Plans call to demolish former parking deck turned academic building.